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Shorter or Taller Mobile Crane?

Sometimes, bigger is not always better. When selecting a mobile crane for your jobsite it is important to consider the characteristics and conditions of the build. There’s a unique selection of challenges that come with hiring larger mobile cranes (cranes with a longer boom and wider outriggers), so the selection will really depend on your purpose. At St George Cranes, our offerings are available in detail on our website. 


Do you need the 10t or 20t city crane? Does your build have enough stability to suit a 15t or 20t franna crane? They each have distinct and uniquely helpful features, but in this blog, we’ll discuss which size option of these cranes works best with your needs. 


Short cranes


Smaller and more agile, the short crane is usually associated with the mobile crane. This is the short and sassy powerhouse of the construction world. Don’t let the compact size fool you – this type of crane completes smaller jobs efficiently and with finesse. Our smallest city crane reaches 2.9 metres and has a reach of 5.75 metres. Comparatively, this is a smaller mobile crane, which means it is suited for jobs like urban construction, roofing projects, or even landscaping. Here are some of the benefits of the smaller crane.


Manoeuvrability: Shorter mobile cranes are often more agile and easier to navigate on congested job sites with limited space.


Lower Height Restrictions: Shorter cranes are suitable for projects where height restrictions or overhead obstacles may be a concern, such as indoor construction or working in proximity to power lines.


Cost Efficiency: Shorter mobile cranes cost less to rent at St George Cranes and require less set-up time, which can result in savings for shorter projects.


Taller cranes

The bigger and bulkier tall mobile crane is a standard option for construction, transport, shipping, and large residential construction products. Our fleet of mobile cranes, including our 25-ton city crane and 20-ton Franna crane, offers an exceptional solution tailored to meet a diverse range of requirements within this specific field. Here are some benefits of the larger mobile crane.


Greater Reach and Lifting Capacity: Taller mobile cranes often have longer booms, allowing them to reach higher heights and lift heavier loads. This makes them suitable for projects that require extensive reach or lifting at significant heights.


Flexibility: Taller cranes can handle a wider range of lifting tasks due to their increased reach and capacity. They offer versatility in tackling various project requirements.


Overcoming Obstacles: Taller mobile cranes are more effective in scenarios where obstacles, such as tall structures or other equipment, need to be bypassed to reach the lifting points.


Greater Accessibility: In situations where tall structures or obstacles need to be overcome, a taller mobile crane may be necessary to reach the required lifting points.

In conclusion, when it comes to choosing between smaller and larger mobile cranes, it ultimately depends on the specific needs and requirements of the job at hand. Smaller and larger mobile cranes have some differences in manoeuvrability, flexibility, and ease of transportation, but they are ultimately very similar in responding to the majority of demands on a jobsite. However, some specifications can be met with more accuracy by understanding crane type. Contact St George Cranes for information on either type.

Date posted: July 23, 2023 | St George Cranes